• Sure to awaken the inner hobo

Forgotten Highway – Taking a Drive on the Wild Side

February 10th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , |

Foolhardy preparations for a journey ranked by police to be among New Zealand’s top-ten most perilous, The Forgotten World Highway redeems itself by also being one of the most spectacular and scenic road trips anywhere in the world. Linking Taumarunui and Stratford and officially designated State Highway 43, the Forgotten World Highway is New Zealand’s [...]

Aria Celebrates its 114th Sports Day

March 22nd, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

Aria is located 13km south of Piopio in the heart of the King Country. The region was closed to Pākeha during the New Zealand Wars of the 1800s and European settlement in the area came late, following the defining of its boundary, or aukati, in the 1880s. Aria, as such, would not come about until [...]

  • The massive suspension bridges on this trail were both stunning and daunting

A Great Ride – A Rekindled Treasure

August 3rd, 2017|Tags: , , , |

Long before the cycle trail wound its way around Mt Pureora, the walking track to the summit held a warm place in my heart. On one of the first dates with my girlfriend, wearing swannies and hats against the cold, we tramped through the cloud forest and overlooked the little-known forest park. A quarter of [...]

  • A large crowd assembled, with visitors from around the world, colleagues, friends, family and locals all looked on

Te Kuiti Salutes local Colin Meads

August 3rd, 2017|Tags: , , , |

I doubt that Te Kuiti has had a more beautiful day. For a while though there was reason for considerable anxiety that the 81-year-old, dubbed ‘New Zealand’s Rugby Player of the Century’ in 2000, would make it to the event to honour him. Colin is very unwell, his cancer of the pancreas is well documented; [...]